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We're all reeling from Hurricane Harvey here in Texas, nevertheless we're publishing a Recipe of the Week newsletter this week. Cooking is an excellent way to relieve anxiety, and lots of displaced families are staying with other friends and family. Our new blueberry crumb cake recipe should be enough to feed a family dessert.
American Red Cross needs volunteers to help at shelters for evacuees; call 1-800-928-4271 or visit redcross.org/volunteer. To make a $10 donation to the Red Cross, text the word REDCROSS to 90999. Texas A&M's Sea Grant has this useful list of Post-Hurricane Harvey Resources.
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Looking for a recipe that uses fresh blueberries? Serve this crumb cake along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A sweet Summer dessert!
- 2 sticks butter
- 1-½ cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs plus 3 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
- 2-½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 quart blueberries (you can substitute pitted cherries)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1-½ sticks butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- For the cake batter, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. In another bowl stir the 3 yolks into the milk. Sift together the flour and baking powder and stir into the batter alternating with the yolk mixture, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Spread the batter into a prepared 10x15-inch pan. Scatter the berries over the batter evenly and press them in slightly.
- To make the crumbs, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir in the melted butter. Rub the mixture together by hand until crumbly. Scatter mixture over berries as evenly as possible. Bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the crumbs are well colored. Cool the cake in the pan and cut into 15 squares. Keep loosely covered at room temperature.
Note: To make the cherries version, use a bag of frozen pitted cherries from the grocery store.
The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.
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Important Texas stuff this week.
- American Red Cross needs volunteers to help at shelters for evacuees; call 1-800-928-4271 or visit redcross.org/volunteer. To make a $10 donation to the Red Cross, text the word REDCROSS to 90999.
- The Salvation Army is stocking its mobile kitchen with food to distribute meals to Hurricane Harvey first responders and survivors. To support the hurricane relief efforts, visit helpsalvationarmy.org; donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or texting STORM to 51555.
- SPCA of Texas, which is taking in animals from shelters in storm-affected areas, is accepting donations spca.org/give.
- Austin Pets Alive needs financial donations and volunteers to foster dogs and cats as the facility continues to accept animals from storm-affected areas. In-kind donations such as large wire crates, cat litter and canned wet dog and cat food are also welcome. Visit austinpetsalive.org.
- H-E-B has an in-store campaign for customers to donate at supermarket locations.
- Workers trapped by Harvey at a Mexican bakery feed a hungry Houston.
- Addie Broyles Texans always love H-E-B, but especially after Hurricane Harvey
- Texas Monthly: After the storied Franklin Barbecue caught on fire, pitmaster Aaron Franklin seems determined to get back up and running. Steel smokers undamaged.
New Cookbooks We're Reading
- Breakfast in Texas Recipes for Elegant Brunches, Down-Home Classics & Local Favorites
by Terry Thompson-Anderson
- QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip
by Lisa Fain
- This new book is a MUST for wine lovers! The Periodic Table of Wine
by Sarah Rowlands
- September is National Biscuit Month --- see our full list of American Food Holidays.
- A Pleasant Little Kitchen: Green Chile Tequila Chicken Thighs recipe from the 1930's, Imperial Sugar: Texas Cowboy Cookies recipe.
- It's National Waffle Week! Here's our recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Sour Cream Waffles (with Cinnamon Maple Butter) .
- CBS DFW: Fort Worth Zoo Employees Head Out To Rescue Victoria Zoo Workers.
- Padre Island National Seashore gives update on Harvey damage, opens ahead of Labor Day weekend.
- NYT Food: The GReat British Bake Off is still a treat for many viewers.
- Urban IPM: Heartworms - I know that heartworms are not an insect (they are a parasitic roundworm), but they are transmitted by mosquitoes.
- What to do this weekend? Visit a Farmer's Market! COMPLETE LIST OF FARMERS MARKETS IN TEXAS
Video of the Week: Texas Country Reporter visits San Antonio's 24-hour Tex-Mex palace, Mi Tierra.
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